HOW-TO make dual-boot obsolete using kvm VGA passthrough

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Re: HOW-TO make dual-boot obsolete using kvm VGA passthrough

Post by powerhouse » Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:20 pm

DoctorWho wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:36 pm
Thanx for the Reply. I am making great progress with this now, I got to the
TURINO boot screen but then it tries to do some PXE boot, and dumps me
into the UEFI BIOS options. It does not seem to use the iso file i have specifed,
i will keep messing with it .... I suppose the fact that the TURINO boot screen
appeared at all indicates that the video card passed thru .... Woo Hoo!! 8)
I ran into similar situations in the past, but I honestly don't remember how I overcame them. Make sure your paths are OK, and double check the start script. You can also post it here and I or some others can look at it. By the way, what's your OS, both Linux and Windows?

Just for your information, I did some editing in my tutorial, specifically regarding the IOMMU groups. You find the updated version on my blog page: Running Windows 10 on Linux using KVM with VGA Passthrough.
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Re: HOW-TO make dual-boot obsolete using kvm VGA passthrough

Post by DoctorWho » Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:12 pm

I been messin with my hardware. Now that passthru seems like it will work I need a larger
SSD :) Just got a 1tb SSD from AMAZON good deal. Now I am going to start all over from scratch
This time using Linux MInt 19 (CInnamon). I was previously using 18.3 which seemed to pretty
work well. Anyone have any opinions about GPU passthru on Mint 19? Or perhaps I am trying to
be to cutting edge and should just stay with 18.3?

My System Specs:
MotherBoard: ASRock Z68 Pro Gen3
Bus Clock: 100 mhz
UEFI: American Megatrends Inc P1.30 08/15/2011
32 Gigs of system ram

CPU
Intel Core I7 2600
256 kb primary memory cache
1024 KB secondary memory cache
8192 KB tertiary memory cache
64-bit ready
Multi-Core (4 total)
Hyper-threaded: (8 total)

I am currently running Linux Mint 19, although I think I am going to go back to 18.3. I don't really
have any preferences as to my distro. I have used mint for a while and like it. Are there any other
distros that MAY be MORE appropriate for GPU passthru? RedHat?? Fedora??? OpenSuse?

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Re: HOW-TO make dual-boot obsolete using kvm VGA passthrough

Post by DoctorWho » Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:21 pm

BTW I am passing thru to a Windows 10 guest. Host OS will be /IS Linux of some sort.
Most likely Mint 18.3 as 19 seems a bit to new and I don't want the hassle of messing
with it to get it to work as I like ..

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Re: HOW-TO make dual-boot obsolete using kvm VGA passthrough

Post by powerhouse » Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:25 am

DoctorWho wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:21 pm
BTW I am passing thru to a Windows 10 guest. Host OS will be /IS Linux of some sort.
Most likely Mint 18.3 as 19 seems a bit to new and I don't want the hassle of messing
with it to get it to work as I like ..
I have rewritten much of the tutorial to reflect changes in Linux Mint 19. For the latest version, see https://heiko-sieger.info/running-windo ... ssthrough/.

I strongly suggest you go with the latest version of Linux Mint.
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Re: HOW-TO make dual-boot obsolete using kvm VGA passthrough

Post by powerhouse » Sat Jul 14, 2018 5:35 am

Here is the UserBenchmark on my Linux Mint 19 based Windows 10 VM:

UserBenchmarks: Game 60%, Desk 76%, Work 67%
CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K - 85.3%
GPU: Nvidia GTX 970 - 58.7%
SSD: Red Hat VirtIO 140GB - 75.2%
HDD: Red Hat VirtIO 2.5TB - 86.9%
HDD: Red Hat VirtIO 2TB - 54.6%
RAM: QEMU 1x16GB - 76.5%
MBD: QEMU Standard PC (Q35 + ICH9, 2009)

Notes:
qemu ver. 2.11.1
kernel 4.15
Asus Sabertooth X79, i7 3930K CPU, 8x4GB Kingston DDR3, Noctua NH-D14 CPU cooler, GTX 970 + Quadro 2000 GPU, Asus Xonar Essence STX, Sandisk 120GB + Samsung EVO 850 250GB SSD + 4 HDD, Corsair 500R, SeaSonic 660W Gold X PS https://heiko-sieger.info

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